FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, in accordance with Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, completed his investigation into the state of broadband Internet inside of the United States. The overall progress report was positive, and the FCC is pushing forward with initiatives to help increase the availability of broadband.
The progress report showed that the number of users with broadband access increased to roughly 90 percent, a seven percent increase nationwide. Rural areas jumped up from just 47 percent of users with broadband access in 2013, to 61 percent in 2014. Although this is still not ideal, it does show considerable growth in a relatively short amount of time.
To further help spread broadband across the nation, the FCC signed agreements with multiple ISPs that insured these companies would invest over $1.5 billion in their networks by the end of 2020. The FCC has also agreed to help fund these initiatives by investing over $2.8 billion to connect schools and libraries with broadband connections in excess of 100 MB/s.
With the increased efforts of the FCC to connect all citizens of the United States with broadband-level Internet connections, we should expect to see these percentages continue to climb over the next few years.
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Straight into their pockets. Govt has been giving them money for nothing for a while. And then they act like running fiber everywhere costs too much and start throttling
(Century Link & Comcast)
CentryLink has already offered me a 1 Gb/s connection over fiber and said they would run the line directly into my house.
Comcast is expected to offer 2 Gb/s but I have seen no promotions advertising such speeds to me.
The downfall is that both connections come with a premium (monthly) price tag. I'll stick to my 100 Mb/s connection, which is more than enough for most families (FYI).
"The FCC has also agreed to help fund these initiatives by investing over $2.8 billion to connect schools and libraries with broadband connections in excess of 100 MB/s."
I wonder if they meant Mb as it is a HUGE difference.
If they had a system of a directed wifi from the street to the home, it would be nice for the last 40% of people in rural areas without broadband. As long as you lived a few miles from any main road, you could have internet. Latency would be high, but at least you'll get decent broadband speeds.
The physical construction work tends to be cheaper as well.
One problem with rural sites is complying with the environmental agencies standards which is 20% of the cost. After all soil in a watershed is considered dumping pollutants in a navigable stream.
I would say getting to 98% should not be an issue. We would actually be there if we still considered 1.5 mb/s as broadband. The last 2% are in much more extreme environments with longer runs, like Alaska.
As far as education funding, it should be getting easier with the wider adoption of school choice. With schools having 200 students, the complexity of internet infrastructure is simpler.
I'm 15 miles outside of a 300k city and the dial-up doesn't even work.
CableOne apparently owns rights to the area and claim to have service where they do not.
I'll just keep on keeping on with my $100/mo 1.5MB line-of-sight wifi.
The article is probably correct as 100MB\s is a 1Gb\s connection.